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We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie is an adult endocrinologist in Newport Beach, CA and Orange, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Rhie's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Rhie's training includes a residency program at Berkshire Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Choi has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes' specialty is adult endocrinology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Reikes is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award ""Best Doctors of Orange County""; and Recognition Award ""America's Best Doctors"".

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu is a pediatric endocrinologist. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Naidu is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center for residency. She has received the following distinctions: Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Maruja Del Valle Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla is an adult endocrinology specialist. She is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla is accepting new patients. She attended Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang's specialty is adult endocrinology. In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Wang is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. He trained at Boston VA Medical Center for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America (Endocrinology and Metabolism); and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Orange, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine. She trained at Albany Medical Center for her residency. In Dr. Madu's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Igbo. She is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran is a medical specialist in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. In addition to English, Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Dr. Tran is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Tran performed his residency at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tran takes.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger practices adult endocrinology in Orange, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Rettinger attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rettinger trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi's specialties are adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Kurdi a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurdi takes. He attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Labadzhyan's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Labadzhyan is conversant in Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand practices general internal medicine in Orange, CA. Dr. Zand's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Zand's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Stanley W Cho, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Cho is a family medicine practitioner. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Cho's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Taiwanese. Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ohri's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in diabetes and women's health issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She studied medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Glen Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 305
Orange, CA
 

Dr. G. Smith's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include warts, diabetes, and menstrual disorders. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Orange County Medical Center for residency. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Knee Pain, Allergies, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Menstrual Disorders, Heart ... (Read more)

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.